About Hugh Patrick Mullin
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Seaman Hugh Patrick Mullin, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession while serving as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Don, near Hampton Roads, Virginia, 1 May 1865. Engaged in picking up the crew of picket launch No. 6, which had swamped, Seaman Mullen, seeing an officer who was at that time no longer able to keep up and was below the surface of the water, jumped overboard and brought the officer to the boat, thereby rescuing him from drowning, which brave action entitled him to wear a bar on the medal he had already received at Mattox Creek, 17 March 1865.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 537, January 8, 1900
Action Date: November 11, 1899
Division: U.S.S. Texas